Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Chief concerned that no women produced healthy babies this season?

2. Where did William Tallis prefer to be buried?

3. Which is NOT part of the ceremony held to safeguard against having deformed babies?

4. What event resulted in the destruction of a majority of mankind in the screenplay?

5. The primitives' religious leader presses a young woman about what matter, eventually beating her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bob Briggs appraisal of Gandhi?

2. What is the importance of where Tallis preferred to be buried?

3. What is the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition, and what is its mission?

4. Why is the Chief concerned about the present mating season?

5. What does Bob Briggs ask Lou Lublin for, and why? How does this relate to a religious painting?

6. Why are the gravediggers robbing graves?

7. How do Chief and Dr. Poole clash over books at Pershing Square?

8. Why does the Chief order his gravediggers to bury Dr. Poole?

9. Describe the Chief's conception of "Democracy."

10. How does Bob Briggs help Rosie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ape and Essence presents a dystopic view of the future. What is a dystopia? What are the features of such a place? What specific aspects of Ape and Essence are dystopic? Why might an author depict such a dystopia?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of Science in Ape and Essence? How does science drive the plot? Character motivations? How does Huxley regard the pursuit of Science? Is science a danger as well as a potential boon? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The poetry of Percy Shelley is a crucial element in the novel. Examine the passages of Shelley's poetry engraved on William Tallis' gravestone. What does this poetry mean? Why was it chosen for the tombstone? What overall message should the reader take away from this poetry?

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